mmm. Oh yes, the Cheapness.. many fighting games revolve around winning through "cheapness". (..not saying that's their purpose, but it is what it can become at the arcade.) But like Bonus-kun says, there's generally a way out of any trap. It just takes some experimenting to find out the say out of the traps. Granted, I haven't found any ways out of most traps myself, but that's due to people changing tactics every battle, and not having a constant between battles to test for ways out of certain traps. So it just takes some practicing to get out of them, and that means experiencing traps a few times. So there's generally a way to out-'cheap' someone in about any game. Sometimes it's as simple as DJ says: throws. I'm not saying that's always the fail-safe, but it's just an example. Even in DOA3 each character can cheese alone or in Tag (like capcoms fighters you can cheese with or without call-in's, etc), but since each character can cheese the other in some way, that's not really an excuse for why ya lost. It's integrated into the game. Deal. Though, granted, some characters are just better than others, regardless.. You just have to out-cheese a cheeser, someway, somehow, though, if you lost 'cuz someone trapped you and cheesed you. But if you have found out how to escape most traps, and you still get beat down and 'cheaped' then you most likely are just playing against a better player. And sometimes there's not much you can do to win against someone more skilled. It's competitive, and some people practice to get damn good, and there ain't nuttin' you can do to school these people sometimes, no matter how much you know about the game. And that's 'cuz they just play better. This might mean that they know more, but maybe not. Knowledge of how to escape a trap, OTG, in-tha-air, cross-up, go into an infinite, and therefore, theoretically win, sometimes just isn't enough. There's also raw skill. Even if luck is one of your skills. So just practice more, and if you're playing to win, as TheBadass JJ insinuates you should, you won't learn much fast from lower-level kids' play. Jack up the Dif. level on the game, and experience some hurt, if you haven't already, to get used to seeing new tricks, which inevitably prepares you for some more stuff, like better playing. And if you've already Owned on the game with the Dif. jacked, then you gotta find some good players, and take some hits, and get used to the new level of cheap if need be. The sooner you start seeing traps, etc. on a regular basis to get used to when they can and can't be pulled off, on you, the more prepared you'll be for them, and you won't get taken by surprise (and won't know what to do) and lose your 50 cents in 30 seconds by a 'cheese'. Get out there, read faqs, challege those better than you to learn faster and callous yourself to their tricks, maybe get your ass kicked, maybe play 'til your fingers blister as some do, and abuse the training to find better tricks if you're looking to win by trap/cheese, and train to get skilled, and then get back to the arcade and Own.